Rob Gibson Photography is worth a trip when you’re in Gettysburg

R.J."Slim"Bowser's Blog

23 January, 2012…

When I first became interested in the Civil War, and more specifically, Gettysburg, I saw an ad for a civil war photographer, who was taking images using original equipment and traditional formulas…as a photographer myself, I was already curious about the “tintypes” and “glass plates”, having learned a little from the Ken Burns documentary…it’s hard to imagine that countless original glass plates were used in greenhouses after the war, with the images being lost due to exposure to sunlight…so, I went into R.J. Gibson’s upstairs studio on Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg…

Rob was very welcoming, and showed me his original cameras, the tin and glass plates, and explained the process, including the original chemicals and how they bring the image to life…he also showed me his extensive wardrobe-uniforms, dresses, and civilian clothing, for those outside the living history realm who wish to dress for the occasion…


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